Hey there readers! Hope all is well and you are preparing for more celebrations with the New Year just 48 hours away. I know that this is a tad early but just as the traditional January 1 New Year celebration, observing Chinese New Year is about having an opportunity for a fresh start.
Chinese New Year preparations for the new lunar year begin weeks in advance. After all, starting into the new year on the right foot is crucial. It sets the potential for the next 12 months. Luck, health, and prosperity need to know that they are more than welcome to hang around in the upcoming year.
Here’s just 5 tips to start the ball rolling on what you can do to prepare:
1. Cleaning the house
Traditionally, the house is swept, cleaned, and decorated for optimal feng shui. The spring cleaning done before Chinese New Year is usually the most thorough of the entire year; it's the time to clean out all those drawers! Broken items, dead plants, and all clutter should be thrown out to make room for better thing and be sure to finish all of your cleaning before the holiday arrives. Sweeping the house during Chinese New Year is considered unlucky, as you could be sweeping the new, incoming good luck away!
2. Do your shopping in advance
With many businesses shut down the first few days of the holiday, shopping should be done as early as possible. As with every holiday, stores hold special sales and promotions to cash in. Be sure to check out Sunway Pyramid mall
with over 900 retail outlets and complimented by over 170 F&B outlets. Be spoilt for choice when you visit the specialty outlets where you will find variety in fashion, accessories, shoes, jewelry, timepieces, music, videos, gifts, souvenirs, leathers, books, pharmacies, electrical products, home furnishing, wellness and a one-stop IT centre.
3. Flower Power
Flowers play an important part in the Lunar New Year celebration. Special flower markets can be found during Chinese New Year that sell flowers and small gifts. Flowers are used to freshen up homes, as gifts for hosts, and to help spark romance. In short, you're going to need a lot of flowers during this time.
4. Prepare for Good Luck
Part of Chinese New Year preparation is all about getting ready to enjoy a big feast, fireworks, lion dances, and drinking sessions. It's a time for family reunions, new beginnings, renewed romance, and new potential for a year to come.
Check out the various auspicious set menus and special reunion dinners available at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa.
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5. Settle Debts
Prior to Chinese New Year, in an act of good karma, old debts of all kinds to either friends and family are repaid. This is the time to return borrowed items for example your neighbours tool that you asked for months earlier. If a friendship has suffered over the year, reach out to that person. Forgive grudges, and give people who have wronged you in some way a chance to start anew.